Virachola refulgens  (Nicéville, 1891)

Virachola refulgens ♂ Up. Virachola refulgens ♂ Un. Virachola refulgens ♂ Up. Virachola refulgens ♂ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Virachola refulgens ♂ Up. Virachola refulgens ♂ Un. Virachola refulgens ♂ Up. Virachola refulgens ♂ Un.
♂, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

ON : Rapala refulgens Nicéville, 1891
OD : J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 6(3):376-377, pl.F, fig.18,♂.
TL : Khasi Hills.
Distribution : Nepal, Assam to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos.
Virachola refulgens map

Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Rapala refulgens ; Pinratana,1981 : 150, pl.33, figs.14,♂,15,♂(Un). (Chiang Mai)
Virachola refulgens ; Seki & Saito,2006 : 40. (Chiang Mai)
Rapala refulgens ; Ek-Amnuay et al.,2007 : 5, figs.L417,♂,♀. (Doi Suthep)
Virachola refulgens ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 752, pl.345, figs.L422,♂,♂(Un),♂,♀. (Doi Inthanon; Loei: Phu Luang)
Virachola refulgens ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 134, figs.♂,♂(Un). (Doi Suthep)

[ LAOS ]
Rapala refulgens ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 219. pl.127, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀. (Xiang Khouang; Phong Saly)
Virachola refulgens ; Seki & Saito,2006 : 40, figs.9,♂(genitalia),22,♂,38,♂(Un). (Xamneua)
Virachola refulgens ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 56.


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Mae Hong Son : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Chiang Mai : 6♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Kanchanaburi : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes

The butterfly is locally common in montane forest at moderate elevations (Alt.800m - 1300m) and is occasionally found at hilltops. Males are territorial on trees.
Further taxonomic study is needed.


Literature

Nicéville, L.de,1891 : On new and little-known Butterflies from the Indo-Malayan region.
J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 6(3):341-398.

Seki, Y. & Saito, K.,2006 : Four New Species of Lycaenidae from Vietnam (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae).
Butterflies 42 : 38-45.


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A Check list of Butterflies in Indo-China, Chiefly from THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM. Copyright © 1996- Y.Inayoshi.